Who’s Who on a Movie Crew: An Animated Primer

Next time the cred­its are rolling, stick around so you can edu­cate your fel­low audi­ence mem­bers on what exact­ly a gaffer does.

This is but one of the mys­ter­ies addressed in Who’s Who on a Movie Crew, a campy but unde­ni­ably infor­ma­tive primer on film set respon­si­bil­i­ties and hier­ar­chies. Some job details get glossed over — grips have far more to keep track of than can ever fit in a rhyming cou­plet — but it’s in keep­ing with the delib­er­ate­ly anachro­nis­tic  ani­ma­tion style and equip­ment. The breezy style makes for appro­pri­ate view­ing for all ages. Hun­dreds of star­ry-eyed young­sters (and their par­ents) stand to ben­e­fit.

Hon­ey, are you sure you want to be a pro­duc­tion assis­tant? 

More in-depth, non-rhyming expla­na­tions of the var­i­ous roles can be found on Vimeo’s Video School. Dit­to Pro­duc­er Chris­tine Vachon’s dishy how-to / mem­oir A Killer Life, which goes into key posi­tions that failed to make the Video School cut, such as park­ing man­ag­er and cater­er (when you’re starv­ing and bored, there’s no one who’s greater-er….)

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Film Before the Film: An Intro­duc­tion to the His­to­ry of Title Sequences in 10 Min­utes

Alfred Hitch­cock on the Filmmaker’s Essen­tial Tool: ‘The Kuleshov Effect’

Film­mak­ing Advice from Quentin Taran­ti­no and Sam Rai­mi (NSFW)

Spike Lee Shares His NYU Teach­ing List of 87 Essen­tial Films Every Aspir­ing Direc­tor Should See

Ayun Hal­l­i­day appears as the least believ­able female cop in NYC in an upcom­ing short adap­tion of Ita­lo Calvi­no’s The Man Who Only Came Out at Night. Fol­low her at @AyunHalliday.

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  • Ron says:

    As always, Prop Mas­ter is over­looked. That’s good con­ti­nu­ity.

  • Margaret Rose STRINGER says:

    I can only assume, Ron, that you men­tioned Con­ti­nu­ity because she, too, was total­ly over­looked? I’d love to see a suc­cess­ful movie shoot with­out Con­ti­nu­ity (or as the job is now known, Script Super­vi­sion) …
    Maybe this ‘primer’ tells peo­ple some­thing, but not a lot.

  • Dave Juliette says:

    If only this had not been nar­rat­ed in cheap­jack, sing-song poet­ry …

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